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Rikers: An American Jail

In June 2018, as part of its “Spaces of Justice” series, Open House New York held a public screening and discussion of Rikers: An American Jail. The evening was moderated by our New Thinking host, Matt Watkins. The conversation was about the film, the urgency of criminal justice reform, and New York City’s pledge to replace the facilities on Rikers with a series of smaller, community-based jails, a reform advocated by the Independent Commission on Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform.

On the panel were Tina Luongo, the attorney-in-charge of criminal defense practice at the Legal Aid Society; Jill Harris, policy and strategy counsel with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office; and two people who both experienced incarceration on Rikers and whose accounts are featured in the film: Barry Campbell, special assistant at the Fortune Society; and Johnny Perez, director of the U.S. Prisons Program for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Listen to a recording of the discussion at the link below.

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